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December 12, 2023
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Leonard McGarvey, longtime resident of Pearl River, passed away on December 12. He was 89 years old.
Born on May 25, 1934 to Leonard and Marian (Demarest) McGarvey, Mr. McGarvey attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ, graduating in 1952. In 1956, he joined the United States Army, and served for two years. Following that, he worked at Dexter Folder Company and the Town of Orangetown until his retirement in 1997.
Mr. McGarvey had three great loves: Faith: A devout Catholic, he attended mass almost daily and was involved in his church since childhood. Family: He loved and was wholly devoted to his immediate and extended family, and was happiest when he was in the company of his children and grandchildren. Fire Department: A member of Excelsior Engine Company in Pearl River since 1952, he held many titles, including that of department chief from 1970-1972. In 2022, he was honored as the longest-serving member of Excelsior, having given 70 years of service to his community.
Mr. McGarvey is survived by his children Diane (Walter) Strathy, Brian (Joann) McGarvey, Kevin (Donna) McGarvey, and Susan (Doug) Healy. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannine (deCharleroy), and daughter Marianne.
There will be visitation at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home in Pearl River on Monday, December 18 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Church in Pearl River, followed by interment at St. Anthony’s cemetery in Nanuet. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association will be appreciated